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Frederick E Shelton IV, David C Yates, Richard C Smith: Surgical instrument with automatically reconfigurable articulating end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 12, 2011: US07922061 (446 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument, such as a surgical cutting and fastening instrument, with an automatically articulatable end effector. The surgical instrument may comprise an end effector, a shaft, and an articulatable joint assembly connected between the end effector and the shaft. The joint assembly compri ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Richard F Schwemberger, David C Yates, Richard C Smith: End effector for use with a surgical cutting and stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 27, 2011: US08083120 (304 worldwide citation)

An end effector for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument. In various embodiments, the end effector may include an elongate channel that is configured to support a staple cartridge therein and which is also operably coupled to a surgical cutting and stapling instrument. An anvil may be movably ...


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Richard C Smith, John P Measamer, Michael S Cropper, Richard F Schwemberger: Safety fastener for tissue apposition. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter McClennen & Fish, February 14, 2012: US08114100 (183 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices for fastening tissue are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a tissue fastener is provided and includes a male fastening member having a base plate with at least one post extending therefrom and having a tissue-piercing tip. A protective member is coupled to the male fastening ...


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Robert C Uschold, Randy R Stephens, Jeffrey Mauch, Richard C Smith, Kevin Houser: Sliding reducer seal for surgical trocar. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, July 2, 1996: US05531758 (111 worldwide citation)

A reducer seal which fits within the cannula handle of the trocar. Contained on the reducer seal there is a seal retainer. Contained on the seal retainer there is a track and movable on the track there is a slide. The reducer track is attached to the trocar housing. The reducer seal retainer is atta ...


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Thomas J Sierocuk, Jorge N Gutierrez, Charles S Black, Richard C Smith: Trocar including cannula with stepped region. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Matthew S Goodwin, December 16, 1997: US05697913 (75 worldwide citation)

A trocar including a cannula with a tubular sleeve having a stepped region thereon is disclosed. The stepped region has a plurality of discrete steps. Each step has a step floor and a step support base tapering radially inwardly from the step floor to an adjacent step floor. When the trocar is inser ...


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Richard W Black, Erol M Kirayoglu, Harold E Leiter, Richard C Smith: Connector block with snap latch. Holmberg Electronics Corporation, Thomas Hooker, March 6, 1984: US04435031 (59 worldwide citation)

A snap latch for securing a connector block on a circuit board or like support includes a central portion and prongs extending to either side of central portion. The prongs on one side of the central portion extend through a bore in a circuit board mounting portion to secure the snap latch to the bl ...


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Richard C Smith: Modular furniture unit for hospital pharmacies or the like. R C Smith Company, James R Haller, September 26, 1978: US04116509 (58 worldwide citation)

An easily assembled and disassembled free-standing modular furniture unit which may be particularly adapted for use in hospital pharmacies or the like. The unit comprises a lower section which includes a self-supporting, generally parallelepiped-shaped container having top and bottom walls, and an u ...


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Randy R Stephens, James Voegele, Richard C Smith: Retractable obturator for a trocar. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Susan M Schmitt, June 4, 1996: US05522833 (56 worldwide citation)

A retractable obturator trocar with a puncturing tip is provided. Preferably the obturator includes a safety shield covering the puncturing tip in an unarmed position and permitting the tip to extend distally from the safety shield in an armed position. The obturator preferably includes a spool retr ...


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Anthony Nguyen, William David Kelly, Peter Michael Wukusick, Richard F Schwemberger, Richard C Smith, Michael L Kruszynski, Federico Bilotti: Slotted pins guiding knife in a curved cutter stapler. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Welsh & Flaxman, April 17, 2007: US07204404 (52 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument adapted for applying a plurality of surgical fasteners to body tissue includes a frame having a proximal end and a distal end, with a handle positioned at the proximal end. The instrument also includes a cartridge housing and an anvil. The cartridge housing and anvil are relati ...


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Henry N Young IV, Richard C Smith: Golf club head with transparent striking face. Banff Golf Company, Stoll Wilkie Previto & Hoffman, March 4, 1986: US04573685 (50 worldwide citation)

A golf club head construction in which the head is transparent from front to back, over at least a major portion of the face of the head, the transparent portion being surrounded on at least three sides with a structure which supports, or is integral with, the transparent portion. The supporting str ...